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The Leo Frank Case (January 1915) by Tom Watson

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The Leo Frank Case (January 1915) by Tom Watson

Published January 1915

Watson's Magazine, January, 1915.

The 'Leo Frank Case' is an early 1915 analysis by Tom Watson - a seasoned attorney and populist politician - who reviews the investigation of the Mary Phagan murder, and official testimony of the Leo M. Frank trial (July 28, 1913 to August 26, 1913). Watson discusses the Mary Phagan and Leo Frank affair in this January 1915 issue with new insights, energy, whit, sarcasm and vigor building upon his earlier introductions of the case in his Jeffersonian Newspaper (1914) issues.

The January 1915 issue of Watson's Magazine presents the first of five monthly reviews about the case. In Watson's later articles about the the Leo M. Frank case published in 1915, he does a better job of articulating Leo Frank's incriminating statements than Hugh M. Dorsey and Frank Arthur Hooper had done in their closing arguments late August, 1913.

Leo Frank Admission on the Witness Stand that Many People Believe Amounted to Murder Trial Confession:

Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went up stairs and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham [at the rear of the fourth floor], to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room at the rear of the second floor]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913, p. 186).

Excellent sources of research and information about the Leo Frank Case include:

0. The Leo Frank Case Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913 - The first neutral book written about the murder of Mary Phagan and trial of Leo Frank.

1. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean (Available on Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. A neutral account of the events surrounding the trial and appeals of Leo Frank, including his posthumous pardon. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is well worth reading and it is a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish authored modern and contemporary books, disingenuously transforming the Leo Frank case into a neurotic, anti-Gentile, race obsessed tabloid controversy.

2. American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team. This case commentary review provides an *abridged* version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some of the important testimony and evidence when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the abridged closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 Leo Frank Case Brief of Evidence.

3. Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey in the Trial of Leo Frank. Some but not all of the 9 hours of arguments given to the Jury at the end of the Leo Frank trial on August 22, 23, and 25, 1913. Only 18 libraries in the United States have copies of these statements in book format. This is an excellent book and required reading for students of the Leo Frank case to see how Hugh Dorsey, in sales vernacular, 'closed' the panel of 13 men (the trial jury of 12 men plus Judge Leonard Strickland Roan).

4. Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence. Only three original copies from 1913 and 1914 exist at the Georgia State Archive.

Three Major Atlanta Dailies: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Georgian (Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism). The most relevant issues center around April 28th to August 27th 1913.

5. Atlanta Constitution Newspaper: The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trial, Appeals, Prison Shanking and Lynching reported about the Leo Frank Case in the Atlanta Constitution Daily Newspaper from 1913 to 1915.

6. Atlanta Georgian newspaper covering the Leo Frank Case from late April though August, 1913.

7. Atlanta Journal Newspaper, April, 28, 1913, through till the end of August, 1913, pertaining to articles about the Leo Frank Case:

Leo Frank confirms he might have been in the bathroom at the time Monteen Stover said his office was empty (12:05 pm to 12:10 pm): See the Atlanta Constitution, Monday, March 9, 1914, Leo Frank Jailhouse Interview

U.S. Senator Tom Watson

8. Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Newspaper (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917) and Watson's Magazine (1915). Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case was published in August and September 1915. Watson's five major magazine works written serially on the Frank-Phagan affair, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with the superb reasoning of a seasoned criminal attorney. These five 1915 articles published over numerous months are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case. Originals of these magazines are extremely difficult to find.

8.1. The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.2. The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.3. The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volumne 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.4. The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.5. The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source:

Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Weekly Newspaper

9. The archive of Tom E. Watson Digital Papers, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contains the full collection of Jeffersonian Newspapers:

Modern Leo Frank cult members (known as Frankites) are posing as neutral reviewers and attempting to convince people not to read Tom Watson's analysis about the Frank-Phagan affair. Watson's analysis of the case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored for more than 100 years. For a nearly complete selection of: Tom Watson's Jeffersonian newspaper articles specifically related to the Murder of Mary Phagan and Leo Frank Case.

Tom Watson Brown, Grandson of Thomas Edward Watson

10. Notes on the Case of Leo M. Frank, By Tom W. Brown, Emery University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982.

Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court Archive:

11. Leo Frank Trial and Appeals Georgia Supreme Court File (1,800 pages).

Publisher Jeffersonian Publishing Company, 1915
Year 1915
Book contributor Tom Watson, 1915
Collection opensource
Notes Controversial introduction to the Leo Frank Case, be sure to read the August and September 1915 issues of Tom E. Watson's monthly called Watson's Magazine.


Reviewer: sarahcohen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2011
Subject: Interesting and insightful
A pretty good overview of the Leo Frank trial. What I noticed is each of the five 1915 Watson's Magazine issues about the Leo Frank trial gets better as you progress forward in time (Jan., March, August, September and October) with new insights revealed. Anyone interested in an uncensored and up close look at the Leo Frank case should read all five 1915 Leo Frank issues by Tom Watson. The August and September 1915 issues of Watson's Magazine are the best. Watson does a fantastic job in articulating the public Leo Frank murder trial confession (August 18, 1913).
Reviewer: manhattansunrise - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2011
Subject: A fantastic start and historically significant!
Not a bad start for Tom Watson on the Leo Frank trial! Each one of these 5 issues of Watson's Magazine in 1915 that deals with Leo Frank gets better and better, with new unique insights.

Start here with January, then read March, August, September and October 1915. Then read the original brief of evidence 1913, and it should all come together.

If you read all the books listed above you will have a very clear understanding of what really happened in the Leo Frank case.

Be sure to read about the August 18, 1913, Leo Frank murder confession articulated by Dorsey and Hooper (see American State Trials Volume X 1918 by John D. Lawson). However Watson does a better job of articulating the August 18, 1913, Leo Frank murder confession in August and September 1915.
Reviewer: somerset444 - favorite - April 21, 2011
Subject: Terrible that this bogot is being touted as a fair analyst
Tom Watson was not an objective analyst of this case. He's the one who caused the lynching of Frank. Just look up some of his bigoted writings.
Reviewer: anderson100 - favorite - April 19, 2011
Subject: Tom Watson was an anti-semitic bigot - a proud one at that
So again, I have to point out that Tom Watson was no objective analyst. He was a well known KKK supporter, anti-Catholic, anti-semitic bigot. (If you don;t believe it, check out some of his other writings around this same time.) He wrote hate-filled articles (some with titles on this site that casually includes terms like, "Jew Pervert") that first urged and then celebrated the lynching of Frank. The NY Times at the time said he was actually the one responsible for the lynching. That's the so-called fair and objective analyst this guy is pushing all over this site.
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